In the past, in the age of spiritualism, to encourage the creation of new extraordinary towers to surprise the increasingly numerous and exalted spiritualist public, many mediums developed what was called the magnetic fluid, namely: ectoplasms. Together we will see the mysteries and how ectoplasm was the progressive decline of spiritualism.
The first stories of these phenomena date back to the 1890s and end as mysteriously as it happened in the 1930s. Described by witnesses during spiritualist sessions, known as spiritualist circles, the witnesses said that the mediums were able to produce a substance as solid as liquid, or gaseous, always accompanied by an odour of ozone. This substance could take on human forms, forms of hands, faces, objects, for a time of a few seconds to a few minutes, then disappear as mysteriously as it had come.
Suspecting cases of fraud, journalists, police officers, paras-psychologists and scientists studied these phenomena, many mediums were caught in a state of fraud. Indeed, to fake their sessions, many set up illusory effects, such as light fabrics, egg whites, or carbon dioxide.
Nevertheless, some cases of fraudulent ectoplasm could never be proven, notably in the case of Daniel Dunglas Home. Among the many tests performed on him, with his hands and feet tied and with a limited presence of people, he was able to levitate himself and create ectoplasms in different forms.
Gradually, this type of spiritualism began to become increasingly rare, and the scandals targeting many mediums at that time overcame spiritualism, gradually removing ectoplasm from people’s heads.
If even today, the effects of levitations, turntables and the creation of ectoplasm were the golden age of spiritualism, it is also recognized that this “glorious” age came from the media, which were partly at the origin of spiritualism, and that by boasting, they contributed to the destruction of honour and authentic media, and this is unfortunately still the case today.
Credit-Image on the front page: The medium Mina Stinson Granton (credit: unknown)